Heros efasciatus (Red Spot Severum, red spotted severum)

The Severum is a very popular American cichlid. Red Spotted Severums are native to lakes and tributaries of the Amazon Basin in South America. They can grow to be quite large in size (25CM) and therefore are not suitable for small aquariums.

Apart from when they are spawning, they will happily live in groups.

The Red Spotted Severum is a color variant of the Gold Severum. They are selectively bred to augment the red coloration present on the fish.

All color variants of Severum are very popular as they are one of the few larger and peaceful cichlids in the hobby and generally do not bother their tank mates.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

These stunning fish actually make a good fish for an American community setup, providing there are no small fish that they might eat.

Omnivorous; Will happily accept a wide range of flake, frozen or live foods

More than happy to live in a general community tank with medium to large sized fish not small enough to be seen as prey

They can be successful within a community environment, but are more commonly kept in species or biotope-specific aquariums.

The tank mates should be chosen with much thought. Their tank mates should always be comparable in size. Plecos, Geophagus and Parrot Cichlids will make good tank mates usually.

Family Group: South and Central American Cichlids
Distribution Amazon Basin
Temperature 26-28C
Size 25cm
Water Parameters Slightly acidic & soft water
Water PH PH 6-7
Diet Special Needs
Sociability Peaceful
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Care Level Difficult

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Lee Valley Aquatics Essex EN9 2PA View shop
The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln Lincoln LN6 9BY View shop

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